|By (author):||Gruending, Dennis|
|Subject:||HISTORY / Canada / General|
|LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Speeches|
|NON-FICTION / Canadian|
|Publisher:||Fitzhenry and Whiteside|
|Size:||9.00in x 6.00in x 1.00in|
|From The Publisher*|
Author and former MP Dennis Gruending has chosen dramatic speeches from 10 of Canada's finest political orators, beginning with John A Macdonald's arguing Confederation into being in 1865 and ending with Pierre Trudeau's 'No' to Quebec separatism during the 1980 referendum campaign. The book also contains Louis Riel's speech to the jury; Wilfrid Laurier's warning the Catholic clergy to stay out of politics; Nellie McClung's demand that women receive the vote; Agnes Macphail's call for both political reforms and the full equality of women; Arthur Meighen's divisive speech on military conscription; Richard Bennett's attempt to give Canada a New Deal during the Depression; Tommy Douglas introducing medicare; and Lester Pearson's epic debates with John Diefenbaker over a new flag for Canada.
This book will be a welcome companion to anyone interested in Canadian history, politics, literature and rhetoric. It will also be a useful source and guide for those who write speeches or deliver them.